Retail guide

The following describes the details of the Reserve with Google integration process that are unique to the retail vertical.

Integration

Follow the standard high-level integration process outlined in the end-to-end integration guide.

Review retail policies for merchant/ service eligibility and pricing policies.

Key Retail Guidance

Please follow the below guidance for the retail integration:

  • Feeds: Retail inventory will be automatically categorized by Google via Google My Business merchant categories. Please reach out to your merchants to ensure their Google My Business listings accurately reflect their business category.
    • Sharding feed files: If availability feeds are very large, consider sharding or compressing the files beforehand.
    • Sample Retail Feeds
    • Services feed: To ensure retail inventory servability, ensure price_interpretation is set to NOT_DISPLAYED for retail services that do no have a price. Do not set a price.
    • Availability feed: Set spots_total equivalent to the capacity in store with a recommended capacity buffer. Please account for capacity limitations and how there may be multiple people within each booking party and how the average shopping time might affect capacity.
  • Booking Server:
  • Real-time updates:

Optional Retail Features

Below is a list of features that are compatible with the retail integration. None of these are required, but many will be necessary to make sure Reserve with Google follows your company’s business logic when serving your inventory:

  • Adding additional request box: This can be used if merchants would like to capture user notes at booking time (e.g. inform merchant of reason for visit).
  • online services: If your inventory includes virtual inventory (e.g. “Book a virtual shopping consultation”, follow the tutorial steps and please review the online services policy.